Fall ReflectionNancy Merkle
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Signed on front
16 " h x 20 " w x 1.5 " d |3 lbs. 4 oz.
Autumn color along the banks of the Deschutes River in central Oregon inspired this landscape. The reflection of the golden leaves against a backdrop of evergreen trees provided the focus for the art. It was created on stretched canvas with professional grade oil paints. The edges of the work are painted black and it comes wired to hang.
Nancy Merkle's process begins with a glimpse of color, a flicker of light, a pattern, or a texture. Elements swirl in her mind for hours, sometimes days, sometimes weeks before a design clicks and is transferred to canvas. With the canvas in front of her, she works intuitively -- a mark here, a mark there, a little touch of color, a bit of texture -- until she is satisfied and declares the work finished. Currently Nancy's work leans toward abstraction; she doesn't paint the world as it is, but as she wishes it were. Bold colors and loose brush strokes are her goal. When she's not making art, Nancy travels the Pacific Coast with a bicycle strapped to the car and "curiosity in my back pocket."